Quarry Park to host 25th Hot Chili and Cool Cars

By: Brody Fernandez Of Gold Country Media
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Know and Go: 
What: 25th annual Hot Chili and Cool Cars event 
Where: Rocklin Road and Quarry Park, 4060 Rocklin Road  
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 15, 
Admission: Free 
Fresh hot chili and cool classic cars will be displayed Sept. 15 in Rocklin at the 25th annual event’s new home at Quarry Park. 
The Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Hot Chili & Cool Cars event remains a fan favorite for area residents, visitors, classic car enthusiasts and chili lovers. Admission is free as the area’s coolest cars and talented chili chefs compete for the ultimate prize in the classic car show and hot chili cook-off. 
Downtown Rocklin will be transformed as the event engulfs nearly five city blocks Sept. 15. 
And this year’s car and chili event includes a new element as it marks the grand opening of Quarry Park Adventures. 
Quarry Park is at 4060 Rocklin Road in downtown Rocklin. 
Rocklin Road will be closed that day from Pacific Street to South Grove Street while South Grove Street to Granite Drive will remain open for local traffic only, according to Rocklin officials. Accessibility to the police department will remain open at South Grove Street and Winding Lane.  
The Sept. 15 event kicks off with chili kits that go on sale to the public starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Chili Alley ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. 
Judging for the best chili also begins at 10 a.m. as the Whitney High School Marching Band and Whitney High School ROTC Presentation of Colors takes place at the Quarry Park Amphitheatre’s main stage.
The car show will begin at 1 p.m. and a free concert at the main stage featuring the Flat Busted Band starts at 12:30 p.m. Multiple local food vendors and food trucks will be there too. 
Rocklin Councilman Scott Yuill is looking forward to the event. 
“As a former chairman of the Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce, it’s thrilling to see the growth and success of Hot Chili and Cool Cars,” Yuill said. “And moving the location this year to Quarry Park not only highlights the progress of the city but the growing popularity of the event. I’m looking forward to a successful day and appreciate all the chamber does for the community and its members.” 
Rocklin Vice Mayor Joe Patterson recommends a strategy for those who wish to consume the maximum amount of chili.
“The chamber does a great job putting on one of the region’s most anticipated events. The pro  tip for chili lovers is to eat a light breakfast so you can eat all the chili you want!” 
This event is the perfect kick off for the Quarry Park Adventures theme park, according to Rocklin Mayor Ken Broadway.
 “As we celebrate the city of Rocklin’s 125th anniversary, we are also excited to join the Chamber of Commerce in celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hot Chili & Cool Cars,” Broadway said. “The event is free to attend and features the area’s coolest cars and best chili cooks, all competing for bragging rights. I’m also looking forward to my first trip down the zipline at Quarry Park Adventures, which will host an official ribbon-cutting as part of the hot chili event at 11 a.m."
A portion of the chili kits’ proceeds will go toward the Matthew Redding Foundation and the Rocklin Public Service Foundation.